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Enjoy a great break with us as we make our way to the small town of Bovenkarspel, where we will get the opportunity to take in the scenic delights of traditional Holland. With two included excursions, we will discover a number of Holland’s picturesque towns, including Hoorn, Enkhuizen, Volendam, Marken and Edam, as well as visiting Belgian Ostend.
We begin our holiday in Bovenkarspel with an excursion to the busy harbour town of Hoorn, where we board a wonderful steam train to enjoy a journey to the popular town of Medemblik. Admire the beautiful scenery as we travel, and then make the most of time in nearby Enkhuizen to take in the splendid sights here.
The next day, we make our way to Volendam - marvel at the picturesque harbour and see the local townsfolk in their traditional dress. We visit a local cheese factory and enjoy a cheese tasting experience, before you travel onwards to Marken, and then continue to Edam, famous for the cheese of the same name.
Departing Bovenkarspel, we travel to Belgium, staying at a hotel overnight and enjoying free time in scenic Ostend before returning home.
Day One: UK to Bovenkarspel
We’ll make our way from the UK to Bovenkarspel, via Calais, and will spend the next three nights at the Hotel de Halve Maan.
Day Two: Bovenkarspel
We enjoy an excursion to Hoorn today, a beautiful port city that saw great amounts of investment in the 16th and 17th centuries, reflected in the vast amount of architecture from that time in the city centre. From Hoorn we’ll catch a steam train to the town of Medemblik. From there we’ll visit the town of Enkhuizen which has a historic centre with great churches and museums to be explored. (B,L,D)
Day Three: Bovenkarspel
We’ll visit three traditional Dutch towns today. Volendam is seen as an atypical example of a Dutch town and walking round the labyrinthine centre will give you a feel of the Netherlands of old. While here we’ll go on a traditional cheese making tour. We then move onto neighboring Edam, most famous for its eponymous cheese, sights here include the cheese market and the town’s museum. Finally we visit Marken, perhaps the most picturesque of the three and a great place to simply wander around enjoying the traditional wooden buildings that make the village unique. (B,L,D)
Day Four: Bovenkarspel to Ostend
We continue on from Bovenkarspel to Ostend in Belgium today, enjoying time at leisure in this wonderful seaside resort before staying at the Hotel Royal Astrid overnight. (B,L,D)
Day Five: Ostend to UK
We’ll return to the UK today, travelling from Ostend via Calais and then continuing home. (B)
Hotel De Halve Maan
This typical family-run Dutch hotel is located in the centre of the small village of Bovenkarspel, north of Amsterdam. Relax in the evening in the cosy traditional bar or stroll around the village.
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Full Day: Hoorn and Steam Train Journey
We explore charming Hoorn, located on the Northern bank of Ijsselmeer. We then take to the tracks with a thrilling steam train journey through picturesque countryside from Hoorn to Medemblik, before discovering the town of Enkhuizen which, at its peak in the mid-17th century, was one of the most important and wealthiest cities in Holland.
Full Day: Volendam, Marken and Edam
The picturesque village of Volendam is one of the best known ports of the old Zuiderzee, and is a favourite Dutch resort. It is also famous for its association with famous artists such as Picasso and Renoir who were attracted to the area. Wander along the narrow alleyways which wind between the pretty gabled houses. Step back in time with a visit to a traditional cheese farm where you can gain an insight into cheese making and enjoy an included tasting.
We then continue to explore the towns of Marken and Edam. Marken was once an island, but is now connected to the mainland by a causeway. The town is famed for its traditional wooden buildings, with many folklore stories being based around the town’s history. The traditional fishing town is incredibly quaint, and will provide us with opportunities to enjoy the scenery and to buy local souvenirs.
Meanwhile, in Edam, we’ll find out more about the town that has become famous for the production of the cheese with which it shares its name. We’ll find many shops selling Edam cheese, and will also be able to find a lot of other shops selling handmade wares and interesting gifts for friends and family at home.
Half Day: Ostend
Enjoy free time to discover the wonderful Belgian seaside resort of Ostend, with its galleries, pretty pier, and impressive Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk cathedral to discover. Explore at leisure to see the sights here.
Amsterdam by Night
This city of Amsterdam is transformed with an array of twinkling lights by night, as the city is illuminated along the canals and with the bright lights of the buildings. There's nothing better than seeing a city come to life, and this is when we'll really see this happen in Amsterdam. Come with us on an optional excursion as we explore Amsterdam by night.